The Sisters of Providence of Mother Joseph Province, impelled by the Spirit of Jesus, commit themselves to co-create a world of compassion, justice and peace. Guided by the legacy of Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler and Marie de la Roche, they nurture in themselves and in others a trust and confidence in God’s faithful presence. They further commit themselves to making God’s providence more visible in our world.
Death Penalty Statement
IPJC’s website resources include a continuum of action to push for an end to the death penalty. The continuum begins with strategies for awareness, then for involvement, and finally for leadership on the issue. Many of the sisters in Mother Joseph Province have been longtime active supporters of efforts to end the death penalty, including Sister Joan Campbell, who is on the board of the Washington Coalition Against the Death Penalty (WCADP).
The first step in the continuum, raising awareness, begins with learning the facts about the death penalty, including how it is applied, the impact that it has on the victims and their families and on death-row inmates and their families, and how factors such as race, poverty, age and mental health affect who is sent to death row.
Discussing the death penalty with others is part of the second step in the IPJC continuum, involvement. In September 2011, Juan Melendez-Colon, a former Florida death row inmate, shared his perspective on the issue with people in communities around the Northwest, including the sisters at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.
Sister Joan Campbell took the continuum’s third step, leadership, and raised the issue in a meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1990. The pope asked how he could get more practically involved on the issue in the United States and also asked for input as he was writing the encyclical, The Gospel of Life.